WHAT DOES IT COST TO BUILD A MUNICIPAL BROADBAND NETWORK?
The cost of completion for a municipal broadband project varies by location. In Olds, Alberta, with a population under 10,000, expenses totaled around $21 million. The Niagara Regional Broadband Network (NRBN), in total, originally cost $13 million to complete. The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN), which delivers service across hundreds of kilometers, required $170 million in funding. Of this budget, $70 million went toward laying new cables to connect 5,000 kilometers of existing fiber infrastructure.